Today on the blog, I’m delighted to be hosting Allison Symes. She’ll introduce herself in the next paragraph, but suffice to say, she’s right about Swanwick, and I’m so glad we keep catching up, year on year… So, it’s over to Allison, to tell us about her writing: Many thanks, Jennifer, for the blog invite. … More Spotlight: Relishing flash fiction with Allison Symes
Well, there’s no point doing all that work if you don’t enjoy yourself at the end of the day, is there? I’ve already mentioned the dancing until midnight, but there’s much more than that on the entertainment front at Swanwick. The speakers this year were excellent, again, with a mix of advice, inspiration and entertainment. … More Swanwick 2019 Part Two – Playing hard…
All good things must come to an end, and so, Swanwick 2019 is, sadly, over. In my opinion, it’s been one of the best, so good, that I’m breaking the annual ‘Swanwick Adventures’ into two posts this year; working hard today, and of course, playing hard tomorrow! Firstly, the bits that were causing me slight … More Swanwick 2019 Part One – Working hard…
It’s that time again… A whole week of writing-based motivation, inspiration, and fun! When this is published, I’ll be on the train, winging my way to Derby, going through the programme for the umpteenth time, checking I’ve definitely made the right choices in terms of my specialist course, short-courses, and one-hour workshops. Last year, I … More Off to Swanwick!
This last couple of years, I’ve been trying to be brave. Not “jumping off high things” brave, or even “stroking a spider” brave, but “putting myself out there” brave, which can sometimes be a whole lot more terrifying… Last year at Swanwick, I was an Ambassador, volunteering to help the White Badgers, or first-time … More A reason to be brave…
Another August, and now my third visit to the wonderfulness which is the Swanwick Writers’ School, in Derbyshire. Having successfully tackled replacement buses between Chesterfield and Derby, and joined the group gradually taking over Upper Crust in Derby Station’s lobby, I felt myself relax, and feel completely at home with both old friends and new … More Another Sunny Swanwick
Last year, I had the joy of hosting the Swanwick Prose Open-Mic Night with Maggie Cobbett, and I’m delighted to welcome her to my blog today! Over to you, Maggie, and see you in a fortnight… Thank you for inviting me onto your blog, Jen. Having already written historical fiction (Shadows of the Past) and … More Spotlight: Maggie Cobbett
As I was packing for Swanwick a couple of weeks ago, and loading up my own books for the book-room, I swore I was only going to let myself buy two books – The Real CSI was one of them. The fact that I ended up buying seven is an entirely different matter. One of … More Book review: The Real CSI
One of the things I really wanted to explore this year at Swanwick was more non-fiction. Having enjoyed (and learned lots at) Kathryn Aalto’s course on creative non-fiction last year, I was chuffed to see she was back, this time to tell us about researching as a writer. It was a great follow-on from last … More New Forays into Non-Fiction?
It’s always nice when things fall into place, without you really even noticing… In Tuesday morning’s Lift Up Your Pens session at Swanwick, we were given the prompt of thinking back to last Saturday, our journey to Swanwick, then fast forward to today, and what we thought we would be thinking about as we went … More A (brief) Swanwick Summary